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For me New Year means....a lot of hummingbirds by loiteke
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Dedicated to my Dad, whom I miss very much also. He was a country man from entirely, and big nature lover. We had something common.





Done with NikonD50, new lense Sigma APO 70-300.
Edited with Microsoft Office Piture Manager and Picasa2.
Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. This hummingbird is made with Nixon D 50 and just esterday, 25. December in Alhambra, CA.
Like bees, hummingbirds are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat; they reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar and prefer those whose sugar content is stronger. Nectar is a poor source of nutrients, so hummingbirds meet their needs for protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. by preying on insects and spiders, especially when feeding young.

Most hummingbirds have bills that are long and straight or nearly so, but in some species the bill shape is adapted for specialized feeding. Thornbills have short, sharp bills adapted for feeding from flowers with short corollas and piercing the bases of longer ones. The Sicklebills’ extremely decurved bills are adapted to extracting nectar from the curved corollas of flowers in the family Gesneriaceae. The bill of the Fiery-tailed Awlbill has an upturned tip, as in the Avocets. The male Tooth-billed Hummingbird has barracuda-like spikes at the tip of its long, straight bill.

The two halves of a hummingbird’s bill have a pronounced overlap, with the lower half (mandible) fitting tightly inside the upper half (maxilla). When hummingbirds feed on nectar, the bill is usually only opened slightly, allowing the tongue to dart out and into the interior of flowers.

Like the similar nectar-feeding sunbirds and unlike other birds, hummingbirds drink by using protrusible grooved or trough-like tongues.3 Hummingbirds do not spend all day flying, as the energy cost would be prohibitive; the majority of their activity consists simply of sitting or perching. Hummingbirds feed in many small meals, consuming many small invertebrates and up to twelve times their own body weight in nectar each day. They spend an average of 10–15% of their time feeding and 75–80% sitting and digesting.

Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...almost 4 years ago

    Beauty! Great shot, Meeli!

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    What a little beauty. Great capture.

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • Joe Powell
    Joe Powellalmost 4 years ago

    Wow Meeli what a beautiful capture!! Love the colors and, detail, and clairty. WTG

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Meeli.

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    Hi Meeli, how beautiful!! Ilove these beautiful little guys. I have a feeder and I call the little one that stops by to eat..Precious!! because they are so precious!!!
    Sherri:):)

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you. You are sweetheart!!! Thanks again.

    – loiteke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    excellent capture

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    This is AMAZING!!! kudos for this fabulous capture Meeli!!!! :))))xxx

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured!!!

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot, Meeli.

  • Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. I would like to drink so much nectar the next New Year, as I can. To feel more young, more beautiful, more valued and more prosperous then ever. The same I wish to you.

    – loiteke

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